Time is of the essence in every decision we make, everywhere we go, and everything we do. All human activity revolves around time. What time we go to bed, how many hours we work, how long it take to get from point A to point B, etc. With families being involved in more activities and responsibilities, especially during the vacation season, we have to prioritize even more about when, how, and what to do to stay physically fit. If you are limited to only a few minutes or up to an hour a day to be physically active, resistance training is the best option to take up that time. Here are a few reasons why:
  1. Resistance training burns twice as many calories as cardio because your body’s metabolism is running at a higher rate up to 48 hours after the workout. Cardio training increases metabolism usually only up to 24 hours after the exercise.
  2. Cardio training alone can increase appetite causing some to then eat more which negates the purpose for this type of activity to begin with.
  3. Resistance training can involve cardiovascular training.
  4. Resistance training long-term, along with proper eating habits, actually changes the shape of your body. Cardio training alone with healthy eating, changes the size but not the shape of your physique. For example, imagine a body carrying excess weight transitioning to a body carrying fewer inches around the waist, arms and back showing shapely curves where muscles are being formed at the calves, glutes, arms and back. This would be a result of resistance training and healthy eating. A body carrying excess weight then transitioning to a body with the same proportion (soft waist, same body fat percentage, yet a lower number on the scale) but slightly smaller frame would result if only cardio were used as the exercise.
  5. Resistance training is good for your bone health which then correlates to better bone strength as you age. Over time, our bone density decreases naturally and resistance training can help reverse that. Various types of cardio training can be hard on the joints with repetitive pounding of the knees, hips, and ankles, depending on the activity.
  6. It is ideal to have a combination of both resistance and cardio training, however, if time is the issue, and you can only choose one to engage in, choose resistance or strength training.

If you don’t know where to begin or have never tried lifting weights or working out using your body weight, you can hire a personal trainer, ask a friend who may be knowledgeable, google the research, or buy a book at your local bookstore to familiarize yourself with the data. Knowledge is power when it comes to your health especially. Don’t take what you have for granted. Maintain or better yet, improve that sacred body of yours to live a long, healthy, and high quality life.